Governing Metropolitan Areas: Response to Growth and Change
Governing bodies in the United States are concentrated at three levels: cities, states, and the federal government. The functioning of these levels ... Show synopsis Governing bodies in the United States are concentrated at three levels: cities, states, and the federal government. The functioning of these levels of government is well-known and oft-studied by scholars. But effective regional governance -- such as counties and those areas that fall between urban government and state government -- has long been ignored. Most scholars and politicians agree that regional governance would be a good thing; few people know how to bring it about or make it work. Governing Metropolitan Areas is an examination of past and current efforts at regional governance. Professor Hamilton examines the history of regional governance, beginning with the annexations in the 19th-century through the council of government movements, the federal government's efforts at area-wide solutions in the 1960s and 1970s, the urban/county movement, and the contemporary government cooperation and public/private collaboration movement to achieve regional governance. Finally, Governing Metropolitan Areas provides an analytical review of efforts on regional reform with examples and short case studies for illustration.